Femi Kuti says he’s more fulfilled in a prosperous Nigeria and Africa as a musician, as no award alone will fill that void.
In clear terms, Femi Kuti, eldest son of late Afrobeat king, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, stated that his music is for social and political transformation in Nigeria and Africa at large, not targeted at winning Grammy Awards.
Kuti chose to deploy his music to speak about political and social issues in Nigeria, though as a four-time Grammy awards nominee, he understands the intrigues of Grammy awards.
“My career was never built on winning awards. It was based on talking about social and political issues,” Mr. Kuti told Beat FM 99.9.
“If my career were built on winning the Grammys, I would probably not be based in Nigeria. I would set up somewhere in America and be lobbying for it.
“It’s really political, you must be there, they must see you and you must be fighting for it. I would be working with the best musicians to put a big image of my people out there. If I use big American artists to distribute my music it is already a Grammy-nominated album. The Grammy already knows who I am” he submitted.
“Most important for me and my career, is, if I can wake up and have electricity forever if we have good salaries for everybody, pensions are paid, the roads are good, and Africa is a big party where I can drive my car from Lagos to Nairobi, Johannesburg and the place is booming with love, no award can bring me such satisfaction,” Kuti concluded.